Review: The Suicide Squad


Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) once again uses her team of super villains to neutralize a threat. Led once again by a more chill Rick Flag (Joel Kimmaman) we see some familiar faces like the newly jailed again Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and some new ones in the form of Bloodsport (Idris Elba) a marksmen who is being blackmailed into the squad. 

Five years after David Ayers released his embarrassment of a movie, James Gunn gives us The Suicide Squad we should've had all along. He dials up the gore, the ridiculous characters (Hello King Shark and Weasel) and there's plenty of one liners to make us laugh throughout. 

Margot Robbie continues to be the star of the DCEU, but it's Idris Elba who I loved watching the most. He's not simply a Will Smith replacement from the first go around, his character was just fun to watch and I loved his report with Ratcatcher II (Daniela Melchior) her sweetness was much needed in a film full of characters who are unapologetic assholes. Polka Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) was the biggest surprise. I could not believe how much I was invested in him. Viola Davis might not have a ton of screen time but she makes the most of every scenes she's in. She's absolutely ruthless.

As much as there is to praise, I can acknowledge that the film isn't perfect. It's a tad overlong and loses steam a bit in the middle, which causes the ending to feel rushed and wrapped up far too quickly for how big of a threat it ended up being. But I'm glad this movie exists. It was the perfect fun for a Friday night.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B+

Memorable Quote: "Yes Nanaue, that is your hand. Very good." - Amanda Waller (Viola Davis)

Comments

  1. I'm going to wait for it when it's on HBO as I'm aware that it's flawed but still fun. Plus, I'm sure it's way more fun than what David Ayer has created and I have no interest in his director's cut since I don't think he's worthy to have a director's cut.

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    1. Considering one of Ayer's problems was that he didn't reign in Jared Leto at all, I can't see how a Director's Cut would fix anything. It would just be an overlong mess like Snyder's.

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  2. This one sounds better than the origina which I have not seen.

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    1. I'm envious of you that there is a chance this could be YOUR Suicide Squad without having to remember the first one.

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  3. I think Amanda is the greatest DCEU villain. She's SO cold. Loved Margot and Idris too.

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  4. Yes!! This was so much better than the last Suicide Squad movie. James Gunn unleashed is such a treat and exactly what these characters needed.

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  5. I preferred Idris! (Possibly an unfair comparison since I think this was the better movie by far.) But I thought he anchored it better and had a nice grumpy sweetness about him that shone through. It was such a fun movie!

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    1. I did too, but I'd also take Idris over Will Smith any day.

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